Slideshow: Scenes From the 5th Annual Meatball Slapdown

Meatball Slapdown
Meatball Slapdown
The 5th Annual Meatball Slapdown last night at the Brooklyn Brewery featured a dozen competitors.
Lorimer Market
Lorimer Market
Owner Jerry Virtuoso, Filomena Virtuoso (his mother), and Israel Ramirez.
Lorimer Market
Lorimer Market
Serving meatballs.
Humboldt & Jackson/Brooklyn Brewery
Humboldt & Jackson/Brooklyn Brewery
Humboldt & Jackson—a soon-to-open Williamsburg restaurant—collaborated with Brooklyn Brewery chef Andrew Gerson on their meatball. Pictured are Humboldt & Jackson's owners, Bill and Pam Reed.
Humboldt & Jackson/Brooklyn Brewery
Humboldt & Jackson/Brooklyn Brewery
A 75/25 beef and pork meatball with sunchoke spread, frere fumant, and spelt oil.
Humboldt & Jackson/Brooklyn Brewery
Humboldt & Jackson/Brooklyn Brewery
All of the ingredients that went into that meatballs.
El Colmado
El Colmado
El Colmado's spicy pork meatballs came with mojo picon, as well as a cucumber and yogurt to temper the heat. Pictured are Lynn Juang, Neil Ross, and Anup Joshi.
Brooklyn Star
Brooklyn Star
Brooklyn Star's dry aged beef meatballs were each served with a dollop of ricotta.
Brooklyn Star
Brooklyn Star
Dry-aged beef meatballs and tomato sauce.
Delaney Barbecue
Delaney Barbecue
Meatballs made from Delaney's brisket, with chili sauce and some cheese.
Emily
Emily
Clinton Hill's Italian newcomer, Emily, took a decidedly eclectic approach. Their pork meatballs are made with five spice and spicy Korean sauce, and served with blue cheese.
Market Table
Market Table
Market Table's Mexican pork meatball came with tomatillo sauce, served atop corn masa, and topped with cotija cheese.
Mile End
Mile End
Mile End served their smoked meat and ground beef meatballs with their own mustard mayo relish. Pictured are Managing Partner Joel Tietolman (Vive les Expos!) and Beverage Director Chris Balla.
River Styx
River Styx
Dennis Spina serves up River Styx's final meatball.
River Styx
River Styx
River Styx's meatball consists of pork, shrimp, prosciutto, and risotto, served in red clam sauce. The risotto gave this meatball a texture very similar to that of arancini.
Liddabit Sweets
Liddabit Sweets
Some other Brooklyn vendors provided food outside the competition to complement the meatballs. Liddabit brought chocolate chip cookies and banana bread.
She Wolf Bakery
She Wolf Bakery
She Wolf Bakery brought focaccia.
Brooklyn Grange
Brooklyn Grange
Co-host Brooklyn Grange brought salad.
DJ Joe Garden
DJ Joe Garden
Adult Swim writer and former Onion features editor Joe Garden spun all night alongside his mother, Ann. In case you were wondering, yes, he did play Asia.
Runners-Up: Saltie
Runners-Up: Saltie
Saltie were runners-up for the judges and the voting attendees. Pictured are Rebecca Collerton, Caroline Fidanza, and Brooklyn Kitchen co-founder Harry Rosenblum.
Judges' Winner: Brooklyn Star
Judges' Winner: Brooklyn Star
Rosenblum with chef Joaquin Baca of Brooklyn Star (center).